Jarvie Fest returns, BLM grand opening of new contact station

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VERNAL, Utah — The BLM Vernal Field Office invites the public to Jarvie Fest, a day of historical learning and fun activities for the whole family. The festival also celebrates the grand opening of a new contact station at the John Jarvie Historic Ranch.

The festival takes you back in time to the late-1800s to experience the daily lives of John Jarvie and the 19th-century settlers of Browns Park. With live demonstrations of blacksmithing and rope making, storytelling sessions, and photo booths, Jarvie Fest is designed to engage and entertain visitors of all ages.

The new contact station offers a year-round educational hub for visitors and features exhibits on the area’s geological and cultural history.

Admission is free.  

WHAT: Jarvie Fest & Contact Station Grand Opening

WHEN: Saturday, June 1, 2024, 10:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m. MDT

WHERE: John Jarvie Historic Ranch, Browns Park Rd, Dutch John, Utah. For directions from Vernal, visit our website: https://www.blm.gov/learn/interpretive-centers/john-jarvie-historic-ranch

WHO: BLM will have Rene’ Arce, Assistant Field Manager, on hand for interviews.

Photos of the John Jarvie Historic Ranch can be found on our Flickr album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/blmutah/albums/72157672089547806/

Jarvie Fest 2024 Flyer


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